Climate Resilience Specialist via LinkedIn

Adaptation International

Austin, TX, US

Job Summary

Adaptation International is looking for a creative, dynamic, hardworking, and team oriented person to join our organization. As a Climate Resilience Specialist – the individual will participate in a variety of projects and likely be involved in many different aspects of those projects. The role requires someone who can work semi-independently in a distributed team environment (with weekly check-ins), conduct research, proactively coordinate with other members of the team and the project partners, develop well written and concise reports, think creatively about solving problems and developing products that support the needs of our clients/partners. A commitment to the goals and values of Adaptation International and helping communities and organizations build climate resilience is essential.


This position will initially be focused on implementation of a climate change vulnerability assessment training program and research project for gulf coast communities while also providing support for other resilience projects. It will include the review of adaptation and climate change vulnerability literature, development of specific training materials and remote training resources, conducting in-person workshops (once that becomes appropriate again), and capturing a variety of project related data and outcomes.

Research/Writing/Synthesis (35%)

  • Synthesize information from a variety of sources, conduct analysis, and summarize relevant results from existing literature, best practices, and current studies.
  • Distill information into easily utilizable formats with concise summaries developed for different audiences.
  • Write reports, summary papers, and develop other written products.

Community Engagement (45%)

  • Participate in developing virtual or in-person workshop materials.
  • Conduct pre-workshop interviews or focus groups.
  • Create presentations and other innovative communication projects.
  • Develop project websites

Project Coordination (20%)

  • Support projects by maintaining relevant records, tracking participation in advisory groups, collecting contact list, and ensuring participation in relevant events.
  • Coordinate, schedule, and book travel, arranging and activities.
  • Provide consistent support for internal team and client conversations.

Required Qualifications

  • An inclusive and collaborative growth mindset, patience, leadership, and humor.
  • Exceptional critical thinking skills with a demonstrated ability to work independently, proactively, and collaboratively to solve-problems under tight deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of climate change science, impacts, adaptation and resilience.
  • A Master’s, or other advanced degree in public policy, urban planning, climate change science, environmental science, environmental management or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience working with and communicating effectively with communities and people from different backgrounds and with different abilities.
  • Experience with policy development, strategic planning, risk assessment, urban planning, workshop design, stakeholder engagement, and collaboration.
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and personal communication skills
  • Willingness to travel (depending on COVID19 may be up to 25%).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 suite of programs.


Adaptation International offers a flexible, family first work schedule. The position may be up to full time, but the number of hours per week and schedule will be determined specifically with the employee. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications.


Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis with priority given to applications received on or before June 22nd.


If interested – please send a resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position, why you want to work on resilience, and some of your qualifications that make you a good fit for the position. or find more information on our website.

Adaptation International values diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences. In employment, AI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.